Thursday, 31 December 2009


Ringing in the new year with some nice American beer!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


His resemblance to my Pappy Furry is uncanny.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


The chandelier in the Throne Room of Dublin Castle.

Monday, 28 December 2009


Wore my new Steelers hat today!

Sunday, 27 December 2009


Christmas lights in Cork! Their tree is WAY better than Dublin's!

Saturday, 26 December 2009


This one is a two-fer because I couldn't choose:

We shouldn't have bothered with the Dora gift for Lana and just bought her a play camera!

Dean eating his starter of mashed potatoes. Oh, Ireland!

Friday, 25 December 2009


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 24 December 2009


The new puppy has been exiled during meal preparations.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


On the train to Cork!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


Opening Christmas presents! Check! Yummy lasagna in the oven! Check!

Monday, 21 December 2009


We're going to dinner at some friend's tonight, so I picked up some wine and incredibly stinky cheese to bring along. I swear I've tried this brand, but I don't remember it being so stinky I could smell it from 10 ft away!

Sunday, 20 December 2009


In this season of consumerism, I give you the symbol of the Irish economy - the shell of the Anglo-Irish Bank. This is what it looked like a year ago when the economy crashed and a year later there is still no money to finish it.

Saturday, 19 December 2009


My first batch of Christmas cookies. They're not as nice as I would like, but I'm sure I'll manage to choke them down! Tomorrow I'll make oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies. Wes asked what they were for. Uh...Santa Claus of course! Men can be so dense sometimes! :)

Friday, 18 December 2009


It snowed in Dublin today. We occasionally had flakes, but it was mostly the dry little balls that pelt you in the face.

Thursday, 17 December 2009


I hauled these puppies down from the depot today in the hail/rain/and maybe even the odd flake of snow. I'm pretty sure with my red coat, white hat, dark gray pants, and sack of goodies slung over my shoulder that I looked like Santa Claus!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Please note the placement of the sun in Dublin at 11:50am on December 15th. It's low and on its way down! Frankly, I'm just happy it made an appearance at all!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Someone else is excited about the heat too! Normally she would be hibernating back on the bed at this point.

Monday, 14 December 2009


We were watching Friends and Chandler challenged them to name all 50 states in 6 minutes. Wes was taking the piss out of how they were unable to do it and banging on about how he could do it and he's not even American. CHALLENGE!!! He managed to get 46 which is very impressive for a non-American (and frighteningly more than most Americans), but I still laughed at him because he said he could get all 50. He missed Colorado (which he only got because Tag told Ross he was from Colorado), and I had to give him Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.

Sunday, 13 December 2009


At the pub watching Liverpool. The pub was all decorated for Christmas and it was really nice. There was a child in there with some adults who were watching the match. I saw her go up to the bar, ask for something, and they gave her a Nintendo DS to play with while she was there. I thought that was the coolest thing! Hopefully she had a better game than Liverpool. :-(

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Friday, 11 December 2009


Sorry, but this is the lamest Christmas tree ever. I was on the LUAS one day and I heard this dad pointing out the special O'Connell Street Christmas tree to his son. The kid was like, where? Where? My sentiments exactly. It looks like a lawn ornament and as you can see, it's pretty much invisible during the day.

Thursday, 10 December 2009


I saw this at the GPO when I was posting my Christmas cards and I thought was so cute! I even saw a little kid posting his letter!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


In Ireland you have to pay to even LOOK at Santa. He lives in a grotto and you pay to go in there and sit on his lap. I wouldn't be surprised if you have to then pay extra for photos. This makes me a little sad. This is Santa's house in Jervis. It's much nicer than his house in the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


I almost forgot about these Christmas decorations! My cousin, Jess, made them for us along with gold and white snowflakes. I love the little stockings! Unfortunately we don't have a tree this year so I have no good place to display them. :(

Monday, 7 December 2009


I helped my friend Lisa's son with his project on Ireland. As a thank you she sent me some pizza Combos and plain M&Ms (they taste different here). Woot!!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009


Today is a two-fer! We had our Secret Santa party which had lots of delicious food and drink! One picture is Beth, Meg, and Aisling kicking back and enjoying themselves. The second one is my Secret Santa gift. THANKS LIZ!!!

Saturday, 5 December 2009


Wes actually agreed to have pizza delivered! It's been suggested many times and tonight he finally said yes! Miracles DO happen!

Friday, 4 December 2009


They're winging their way to the US as we speak! I hope they make it there okay - all of the gifts are wrapped and I just realized that I forgot to write something on the customs slip for the smaller one.

Thursday, 3 December 2009


We put up our Christmas decorations today. TA DA!!! We actually have more than I realized. I knew we had the nativity scene as my aunt gave that to us as a wedding gift. The snowman gourd and the Santa balancing thingy were the surprises. We bought the gourd a year ago at a farm shop near my parent's in the US and we think the Santa was supposed to be a gift for my mom last year, but then we ended up getting her something else so we kept it for ourselves. The stockings and the stocking holders are new this year!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009


The River Liffey is tidal so it's always going up and down. I was crossing the river today and noticed that it was higher than normal due to all of the rain we've been having in Ireland. We've been fortunate that we haven't been affected by any of the horrible flooding that they've had elsewhere in the country.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


I'm surprised I came home with anything. My decision-making skills were brutal today!